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These are troubling times when many of us wonder what we can be doing about so much injustice. The Buttry Center for Peace and Nonviolence at Central Seminary is delighted to be able to bring to you the wisdom and experience of Dan and Sharon Buttry in a 3-part series on zoom. Here are descriptions of these three sessions:
Thursday, October 8 – Strategizing to address unjust systems nonviolently in pursuit of justice.
It’s easy to feel angry at the injustices and wrongs we see around us. But how do we engage in the analysis that will reveal what holds up repressive systems? And then how do we begin the planning to bring about liberative change? The Buttrys will introduce a tool that will assist us in this process.
Thursday, October 22 – Shifting people’s positions on issues of importance.
During such toxic times as these, how do we change people’s understandings and commitments to strengthen the causes we hold dear? The Buttrys will guide us in looking at a tool that first helps us become more aware of the different people related to a particular issue. It then assists us in understanding various approaches to take in order to shift their positions on the topic of concern.
Thurs., Oct. 29 – Transforming our personal and social traumas for social and political impact.
How can we turn the traumatic experiences we’ve been through into powerful instruments of social and political change that will also leave us personally stronger? We will explore ways to move beyond being victims into becoming change agents.
Dan Buttry has been a Global Consultant for Peace and Justice, and Sharon Buttry has been a Global Consultant for Community Transformation, both with International Ministries of the American Baptist Churches, USA. They have provided consultation and training in conflict transformation and the transformation of communities around the world, primarily working with churches. In the past decade, Dan and Sharon have trained over 400 people from over 50 countries in 10-day Training of Conflict Transformation Trainers programs. Many of these leaders in peacemaking have then profoundly impacted their communities and countries.
In addition, Sharon has facilitated trauma awareness/recovery and social ministries workshops in many countries. She has also focused energy on peace and justice work at a community level, working to reform police through developing community policing, founding a domestic violence center, being an activist for housing and environmental justice, and serving as executive director of Friendship House and CEO of Acts 29 Fellowship in Detroit, where they live. Dan has served as a pastor, worked with Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America, and published many books on peacemaking.
As you can see, Dan and Sharon Buttry have a global perspective and a wealth of experience from which to draw in considering our current situation and discerning how liberative change can occur. I hope you will plan to join us for this three-part series on “Moving the Dial Toward Justice.” This series is offered to you without cost. Please register for each session you plan to attend.
Rev. Ruth Rosell, Ph.D.
Director of the Buttry Center for Peace and Nonviolence
Dianne C. Shumaker Chair of Peace and Justice